Information on Coronavirus Outbreak - COVID 19

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The City of Cedar Falls has been working with state and county agencies to protect and inform our community regarding the COVID-19 virus. We are taking safety precautions to help decrease exposure opportunities in our community and following the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Health (IDPH). 

On this website, you will find the latest city press releases regarding COVID-19, department updates, and resources to learn more about the virus.

Public Health Proclamation Issued by Governor Kim Reynolds: November 16, 2020

On November 16, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a new public health proclamation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This is effective from 12:01 a.m. on November 17 until 11:59 p.m. on December 10, 2020, and includes the following:

Masks: All people over the age of two must wear a face covering or mask in a public indoor space or inside a state government building, office, or facility under the control of the Executive Branch when they are within six feet of individuals who are not members of their household for 15 minutes or longer. 

According to the Governor’s proclamation, this requirement does not apply to any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask. It does not apply to any person who is deaf or hard of hearing or any person while communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing or has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual while wearing a mask difficult. It also does not apply to any person that is working alone or in a space where social distancing can be maintained, any person consuming food or drink or sitting at a restaurant/bar table to eat or drink, or an athlete participating in a sporting/recreational event or engaged in physical exercise. It is not applicable for any person giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation or performance for an audience or any person participating in a service at a spiritual or religious gathering. It does not apply to any person asked to remove a mask to verify an identity for lawful purposes or any person obtaining or providing a service that requires the temporary removal of a mask. Public safety workers who are actively engaged in a public safety role and when a mask would seriously interfere with performance of their responsibilities are exempt. 

For more information on additional measures now in place from the Governor including for bars and restaurants as well as gatherings and sporting events, view the entire proclamation by clicking this link.

City Facility Updates:

  • Cedar Falls City Hall will be reopening to the public for regular business hours on May 18. 
    • All visitors will be required to wear masks. Staff will be wearing masks when interacting with the public as well. Signs will be positioned in City Hall notifying visitors of these requirements and social distancing marks will be in place on the floor to help visitors comply with guidelines. Visitors may only visit the front desk either upstairs or downstairs at City Hall. Plexiglass will be in place to provide a barrier between staff and visitors. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up at both windows and sanitation of all surfaces will be performed frequently. Any citizen exhibiting symptoms of illness, including fever, shortness of breath, or cough, should not visit City Hall.
    • We continue to encourage citizens to conduct business online as much as possible. Please see the resources listed under 'Learn more about doing business online with Cedar Falls’ section on this webpage for more information
  • The Cedar Falls Recreation and Fitness Center is open under certain COVID-19 precautions:
    • At the Rec, all patrons must wear masks and staff will also wear masks when interacting with the public. The Rec is currently operating under 50 percent occupancy capacity to allow for safe social distancing. Learn more about additional safety rules in place at the Rec by clicking this link. Call (319) 273-8636 with any questions.
    • Due to the Public Health Proclamation issued by Governor Kim Reynolds on November 16, 2020, group fitness classes and organized activities are currently canceled until at least December 10, 2020. 
    • Update 11/10/20: Pools in Cedar Falls are closed effective November 16 - 20. 
    • The Falls Aquatic Center is closed for the season. 
  • The Cedar Falls Public Library is closed to the public. Curbside service is available. For more information on their services, go to cedarfallslibrary.org or contact (319) 273-8643 with any questions.
  • The Cedar Falls Community Center is closed to the public. 
  • The Visitors and Tourism Center will reopen on May 26, 2020. They will be open Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, and all visitors must wear masks. Social distancing signage and plexiglass barriers will be in place at the front desk. Call (319) 268-4266 with any questions.
  • The Hearst Center for the Arts will reopen to the public beginning June 9, 2020, under normal operating hours under the following precautions
    • All patrons must wear masks in order to use the facility. Staff will also be wearing masks.
    • Staff asks that patrons be considerate of social distancing requirements when viewing exhibitions. Artworks are hung with enough space to allow for comfortable viewing.
    • Any patron exhibiting signs of illness including cough, fever, or shortness of breath or were recently exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should not enter the facility.
    • By-appointment viewing of the exhibition is also available on Mondays between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call or email Heather Skeens the week before at (319) 268-5550 or heather.skeens@cedarfalls.com.
    • Currently, the Hearst has suspended all programming. Hearst summer camps have been canceled. Visit thehearst.org for more information and to stay updated on future programming announcements.
  •  The Cedar Falls Public Safety and Public Works buildings will continue to have limited public access. 

Learn more about doing business online with Cedar Falls:

  • Many permits, licenses, payments, services requests can be handled online, over the phone, by email, or traditional mail. Click here to see the list of city phone numbers.
  • The Inspection Services Division is currently operating as follows:
    • Permits continue to be required for work regulated under our building codes
    • Inspections are to be scheduled by call/email only and Inspectors & Building Officials can be reached by contacting City Hall at (319) 273-8600
    • Permits can be submitted electronically at https://www.cf1stop.com/
    • New construction for both residential and commercial will continue as well as exterior inspections for siding, decks, etc. Additions/remodels inspections and furnace/hot water inspections are also available.
  • If you will be on-site during an inspection, remember to do the following:
    • Confirm everyone in the home is in good health. If someone is in quarantine due to exposure or a positive COVID test, the inspection will have to be scheduled after the quarantine time is over.
    • Please minimize the number of people in the home at the time of the inspection.
    • If you need to interact with the inspector, wear a mask.
    • Learn more about Building Inspection Services here.
  • Use the city website to report an issue or request service. Find request for service forms here.
  • Cedar Falls Public Works will have limited public access during this time. Call Public Works at (319) 273-8629 with any questions.
  • During this time, the Cedar Falls Public Safety building has limited access to the public. The Cedar Falls Police Division encourages the public to call in police reports to (319) 273-8612. Cedar Falls Public Safety will not be allowing public tours or fingerprinting up during this time. Property pick-up is now available.
    • There will be no rental or commercial inspections starting March 17.
    • You can now report crimes online at https://www.cedarfalls.com/1533/Report-a-Crime. The online submission form allows for the reporting of crimes such as credit card fraud, harassment, theft, and minor vehicle accidents on private property. It is not for emergencies or crimes in progress. In an emergency situation always call 911.
  • Pursuant to the Governor’s Public Health Emergency Declaration of April 10, 2020, all in-person examination or in-person requests for records is currently suspended.
  • Starting March 17, there will be no board or commission meetings with the exception of City Council and Planning & Zoning. City Council and Planning & Zoning Meetings will be held via Videoconference and broadcast to Channel 15. Continue to check this website and view recent press releases from the City for updates on how the public can access and participate in these meetings. 
  • Please continue to check the city website and social media for additional updates. You can follow the city on Facebook and Twitter at @citycf.

City of Cedar Falls COVID-19 Updates

View recent press releases from the City:

  1. Iowa Governor Issues Updated Public Health Proclamation: November 17, 2020
  2. Iowa Governor Issues New Public Health Proclamation: November 11, 2020
  3. Cedar Falls Council Extends Mask Mandate: October 20, 2020
  4. Cedar Falls Trick or Treat Hours 2020: September 28, 2020
  5. Cedar Falls City Council Passes Mask Mandate Resolution: September 9, 2020
  6. Iowa Governor Issues New Public Health Proclamation: August 27, 2020
  7. City Council Work Session August 26: Released August 25, 2020
  8. City Council Special Meeting August 19: Released August 19, 2020
  9. Daily Admission Available at the Falls Aquatic Center Starting July 23: Released July 22, 2020
  10. Falls and Rec Reopening Press Release: Released July 3, 2020
  11. CF Rec and Falls Aquatic Center Closed for COVID-19 Cleaning: June 30, 2020
  12. City Hall Reopens June 15: Released June 15, 2020
  13. Parking Enforcement Resumes June 15: Released June 12, 2020
  14. Cedar Falls City Hall Closed June 12: Released June 11
  15. Park Facilities Reopening June 1: Released May 29, 2020
  16. Cash Now Accepted at All City Facilities: May 29, 2020
  17. Hearst Reopening June 9: Released May 28, 2020
  18. Rec Reopens Adult Lap Swim: May 28, 2020
  19. Rec Summer Swim Lessons Canceled: May 28, 2020
  20. State Proclamation Issued May 13 Overview: Released May 19, 2020
  21. City Hall Reopening May 18: Released May 14, 2020
  22. Recreation and Fitness Center Reopening May 18: Released May 14, 2020
  23. Hearst Remains Closed: May 14, 2020
  24. Visitors Center Reopening May 26: Released May 15, 2020
  25. Camp Cedar Falls Canceled: May 14, 2020
  26. Hearst Summer Camps Canceled: May 14, 2020
  27. Black Hawk County Police Memorial Event Canceled: 5/12/20
  28. Planning & Zoning Meeting to be Held Via Videoconference: May 13, 2020
  29. Cedar Falls Recreation and Fitness Center Remains Closed: April 8, 2020
  30. Cedar Falls COVID-19 Update: May 7, 2020
  31. City Council Meeting to be Held Via Videoconference: May 4, 2020
  32. Golf Course Safety Reminder From Mayor Green: May 1, 2020
  33. Governor's April 27 Proclamation - Closures Extended: April 29, 2020
  34. Governor's April 27 Proclamation - Farmers Markets: April 29, 2020
  35. Governor's April 27 Proclamation - Mass Gatherings: April 29, 2020
  36. City Buildings Extend Closure Until At Least May 15: Released April 28, 2020
  37. Cedar Falls COVID-19 Update: April 16, 2020
  38. Planning & Zoning Meeting to be Held Via Videoconference: April 8, 2020
  39. City Council Meeting to be Held Via Videoconference: April 7, 2020
  40. City Buildings Extend Closure Until At Least April 30: Released April 7, 2020
  41. Pet Licenses Deadline Extended: March 24, 2020
  42. Water Reclamation Reminds Public Not to Flush 'Flushable' Wipes: March 24, 2020
  43. Public Safety Now Offering Online Reporting Form: March 23, 2020
  44. Cedar Falls Election Postponed to July 7, 2020: Released March 20, 2020
  45. City Council Holds Virtual Special Meeting Over Parking: March 20, 2020
  46. Updated Location for Special Election: March 20, 2020
  47. Use of City Playground Equipment Prohibited Due to COVID-19: March 19, 2020
  48. Cedar Falls Special Election Postponed: March 18, 2020
  49. Iowa Governor Issues New Action Including on Bars and Restaurants: March 17, 2020
  50. Cedar Falls Closes Public Buildings: March 16, 2020
  51. City Facility Status for COVID-19: March 13, 2020
  52. Cedar Falls Prepares for COVID-19: March 11, 2020

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